There are three names that, if spoken, instantly make the mind fill with images of wonder: New York City, Las Vegas, and Cirque du Soleil. That’s why news this week out of Las Vegas has entertainment junkies jumping for joy; the three are coming together. Cirque du Soleil has teamed up with veteran producer Simon Painter‘s The Works company to bring New York to the Las Vegas Strip with “Mad Apple.” Here’s what you need to know about this exciting upcoming East-to-West Coast triumph of entertainment and collaboration.
Cirque and The Works Bring NYC to Vegas
This Spring, audiences on The Strip get a special treat as New York City comes to Las Vegas. Cirque du Soleil and The Works have collaborated for “Mad Apple,” opening at New York-New York Hotel & Casino later this year.
Described as a “less-raunchy Absinthe,” “Mad Apple,” is the first original show developed for the Strip by a Cirque acquisition company. The Works was acquired by Cirque back in 2019, and a version of “Mad Apple” has been in the works since the year prior. Originally, “Mad Apple” was slated to run at the Bellagio, combining specialty acts with a light-night club format.
“Mad Apple” takes over the renovated theater at New York-New York where “Zumanity” ran for 17 years before shuttering in late 2020.
New York-New York Las Vegas
New York-New York Hotel & Casino is one of those things only Vegas knows how to do well, and MGM Resorts knows how to do better than most: transport guests around the world. The NYC-themed hotel will make you feel like you’re staying in the East Coast gem, with all the fun of Vegas right at your fingertips.
The luxury accommodations are the perfect way to immerse yourself in some NYC vibes before heading down to the casino to try your luck – or skill, depending on your game. Guests at NY-NY can enjoy a pool on-site or plan a day on the golf course with one of MGM’s Vegas partners, before heading back to the hotel to try out one of more than a dozen cuisine options. And guests looking for some pampering can avail themselves of the NYC-style spa and fitness center that brings urban luxury to the desert.
If you like American food? NY-NY has you covered. Japanese sushi, German, Italian – even Irish food? It’s all at New York-New York, just like you’d expect on a visit to the Big Apple.
Absinthe, Mystere and More
“Mad Apple” is the newest Cirque show to come to Las Vegas. It joins an impressive line-up of shows that visitors to Vegas shouldn’t miss:
- Mystère: An all-ages show that promises a multi-sensory night of constant motion, high-energy acrobatic feats evocative dances, colorful costumes and an electric and vivid lighting atmosphere. Mystère lasts around 90 minutes, taking guests inside of the wonder of the imagination, on a journey through the mind. For your evening with Mystère at Treasure Island, visit the website.
- Absinthe: While Absinthe isn’t a Cirque production, it uses the same principles of multi-sensory, lighting and high-energy storytelling to bring guests along with them on a journey. At Caesars Palace, Absinthe is a carnival spectacle arranged around a circular stage that puts guests at the heart of the action. With a raunchy storyline and captivating visuals, Absinthe is considered one of the most successful ongoing production events in Vegas. To plan your evening at Caesars, visit the website.
- “O”: Another Cirque production, O is an elemental experience that combines air, water and fire. O is an homage to the beauty and wonder of theater, bringing together stunning acrobatics, breathtaking underwater dances, and the kind of spectacle that properly honors thousands of years of human performance. To plan your night at the Bellagio, visit the website.
- “Love”: This Beatles homage is a “music revolution in motion.” Against the backdrop of an iconic Beatles soundtrack, Love is a technological masterpiece and psychedelic journey through the past. A combination of acrobatics, trampoline and skate acts and more, this immersive, multi-sensory performance is considered one of the world’s must-sees. Over 10 million people and counting have seen Love – and if you’re ready to be one of them, visit the website to plan your evening.
Now, “Mad Apple” joins the list of evening events you won’t want to miss in Vegas. We already know that Cirque knows how to wow an audience, and now audiences can enjoy all that Cirque, New York and Vegas can create together.